On February 10, 1840, Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, London. The occasion has been memorialized in movies and TV series multiple times, as Queen Victoria‘s life and romance are prime frock flick territory. Being the eve of their anniversary, let’s take a look at some of the major portrayals of the couple on screen.
Anna Neagle & Anton Walbrook in Victoria the Great (1937)
The first big Queen Victoria biopic was timed to celebrate the centenary of her accession to the throne in 1837, and the movie premiered in the “Coronation Summer” of 1937 after George VI was crowned. This gave it a huge box office boost.
Romy Schneider & Adrian Hoven in The Story of Vickie / Victoria in Dover / Mädchenjahre einer Königin (1954)
This Austrian film featured a yet-unknown Schneider as a perky pretty princess and helped her get the role in Sissi, which she’d become famous for.
Victoria Hamilton & Jonathan Firth in Victoria & Albert (2001)
Diana Rigg played Queen Victoria’s imperious mother in this star-studded TV miniseries that packed 24 years into barely four hours. It won an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special for costume designer Maria Price and assistant costume designer Zoe Porter.
Emily Blunt & Rupert Friend in The Young Victoria (2009)
Focusing tightly on the time period leading up to Victoria’s coronation and right after her marriage, this film was apparently inspired by an idea of Sarah, Duchess of York, and she helped get the filmmakers access to many royal palaces. Designer Sandy Powell won an Academy Award for the costumes.
Jenna Coleman & Tom Hughes in Victoria (2016-)
The ITV / PBS hit brings a soap-opera-ish feel to Queen Victoria’s story, but the history and costume are solid B grade, at least. The series seems to be on an unending run, so it may cover as much of Victoria’s reign as Coleman is willing to be aged and padded up for.
Which is your favorite Victoria & Albert on screen? Did we miss one?